Guide introduces students to critical writing on Shakespeare s comedies over the last four centuries.
Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare s history plays.
Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions.
Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context.
Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
Emma Smith is Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in English at Oxford University. Her publications include Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedie (ed. 1998) and Shakespeare in Production: Henry V (2000).
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1 The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare's Comedies. 2 Genre. Marriage as Comic Closure. False Immortality in Measure for Measure. 3 Language. Here Follows Prose. Transfer of Title in Love's Labour's Lost. 4 Gender and Sexuality. Helena's Bed-trick. The Homoerotics of Shakespearian. Comedy. 5 History and Politics. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?. Bottom's Up. 6 Performance. Kate: Interpreting the Silence. As You Like It. Index